Robert Ripley Was Born on Christmas Day and Started an Empire with a Single Cartoon

Orlando, Florida (PressExposure) December 30, 2008 -- Six days before his 28th Birthday, he drew a single cartoon that spawned a mega-company that today is the global leader in chronicling the weird and bizarre – Believe It or Not!

Robert Ripley may be the second most famous Capricorn of all times. He was born on Christmas Day, 1890 and went on to fame and fortune as the creator of the quirky company that today operates 11 tourist attraction brands in 13 countries and sells more than a million books a year. And it all started with a simple little cartoon panel he drew on Dec. 19, 1918.

Robert Ripley’s life was an unbelievable adventure. For 35 years he explored the uncanny and witnessed the amazing. His Believe It or Not! cartoon teemed with incredible – but proven – phenomena every day. Called a liar more often than any man who ever lived, Ripley never failed to establish the truth of every assertion. He was a world traveler who visited more than 200 countries seeing places few people had even heard of, from the tombs of the Ming Emperors in China, to a town called Hell in Norway!

Ripley was an artist, a reporter, an explorer, and a collector. The stories he gathered, illustrated by Ripley himself, would later appear in his popular newspaper cartoon feature Believe It or Not! Today the venerable cartoon is still enjoyed by millions of readers worldwide and is considered the oldest continuously run cartoon panel on the planet.

Wherever Ripley went, he searched for the odd and the unusual. In his quest, he documented the customs and beliefs of many ancient and exotic modern civilizations. Whenever possible he brought home artifacts from his journeys, which today form the heart of the greatest collection of oddities ever assembled. Today these artifacts can be seen in the 32 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! odditoriums around the world. Every year millions visit these museums to take part in an adventure, one in which they experience first-hand the incredible world of Robert Ripley!

For downloadable, high resolution photos and more information on the life of Robert Ripley along with a detailed timeline of his life and the development of the company, go to

Contact: Tim O'Brien VP Communications Ripley Entertainment Inc. 615-646-7465 615-496-5949

About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley Entertainment Inc. (, keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 70-plus attractions in 12 countries. In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! museums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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Press Release Submitted On: December 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm
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